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by William Childress

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  • ISBN 0809326388
  • ISBN13 978-0809326389
  • Language English
  • Author William Childress
  • Publisher Southern Illinois University Press; 1st edition (July 26, 2005)
  • Pages 208
  • Formats txt mobi lrf lrf
  • Category History
  • Subcategory Americas
  • Size ePub 1317 kb
  • Size Fb2 1889 kb
  • Rating: 4.2
  • Votes: 358

J. W. Childress loved farming but was lousy at it. His family—including his wife, children, and stepson—toiled as sharecroppers and migrant workers in fields of cotton, broomcorn, and peanuts in the Ozarks of Missouri and Oklahoma and were continually defeated by hardship and agrarian ineptitude as they struggled to stay united amid adversity.

In An Ozark Odyssey: The Journey of a Father and Son, William Childress recalls the life of his late, irascible but lovable stepfather—his bad decisions, his misfit marriage, his prickly personality, and his gypsying ways that impoverished the family. Stirred to recount humorous anecdotes from a peripatetic childhood, and including tales of coming-of-age in the Korean War and his own experiences with marriage and fatherhood, Childress tells a story of family bonds, wandering and struggle, privation and joy, quarrels, hard times, and the courage to brave the familiar. In doing so, he comes to terms with his enormous affection for a man who never expressed affection, while also coming to terms with his affection for the landscapes and lifestyle that ensured poverty and hardship for his family.

As Childress demonstrates through charismatic storytelling, wit, and a humor tempered by the ghosts of a hardscrabble youth, the Childress family learned that security is mostly illusion but that giving up is no solution. An Ozark Odyssey covers J. W.’s journey from age seven to his death at age eighty-two, through marriage and divorce and reconciliation, four children, extreme poverty, restlessness, bankruptcies, and at last, a little recompense. Against all odds, he died well off, leaving his children a successful Ozark ranch.


Childress graduated from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and his poetry, most of it previously published, appears throughout the narrative.

Childress graduated from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and his poetry, most of it previously published, appears throughout the narrative.

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An Ozark Odyssey is an autobiographical memoir written by Pulitzer Prize nominee William Childress. The book tells the story of Childress' turbulent childhood and youth in the American Ozarks, his relationship with his stoic stepfather Jay Childress, and his journey into adulthood. The book was published in 2006 by Southern Illinois University Press.

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the journey of a father and son. by William Childress. Published 2005 by Southern Illinois University Press in Carbondale.

An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic by Daniel Mendelsohn is published by William Collins. com or call 0330 333 6846. Emily Wilson’s translation of Homer’s The Odyssey will be published by WW Norton in November. Autobiography and memoir.

But Fathers and Sons (1862) ultimately put Turgenev’s name on par with . The book is not only about common tensions between parents and children.

But Fathers and Sons (1862) ultimately put Turgenev’s name on par with the greatest19th century Russian writers, such as Alexander Pushkin, Mikhail Lermontov and Nikolai Gogol. Why is that so? Captured the trend for rejecting authority. One of the literary innovations of Fathers and Sons was the appearance of a new type of character: a nihilist, a person who rejects all authority. The embodiment of this idea was the protagonist, Eugene Bazarov, who is a medical student with a pragmatic approach to everything. A screenshot from 'Fathers and Sons' film by Avdotya Smirnova.

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I don't recall much of the story but my memory is positive. Seems like it has been 3 years or more since I purchased and read it.
Mpapa
I just finished reading Childress's new book this afternoon. I should have been doing other things for most of the past two days, but I just couldn't put the book down for very long. I've liked Childress's poetry from the time I first started reading it back in about 1997, and I've enjoyed articles of his that I've read, but this memoir is just wonderful. So well written, by turns folksy, wise, self-deprecating, insightful, touching. Childress has lived a hell of a life, and it is a measure of a great heart that he has come through it without letting the hardscrabble harshness get the better of him. This is a book very much worth finding and reading.